Horace "Snooky" Thornton Jr.

July 17, 1953 ~ July 26, 2021 (age 68)


Mr. Horace “Snooky” Thornton Jr., age 68, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021 at his residence, under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.


Mr. Thornton was born July 17, 1953 in Appling County.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Horace Thornton Sr., Mary Edith Parlor Thornton and sister, Terry Hughes.

He has been a meat cutter for many years, for eight years he was employed with Rentz Groceries and then for forty years he was employed with Googes’, probably would still been there, but his health just would not allow it. He also loved watching wrestling and was an avid Georgia Bulldog Fan, Go Dawgs!. He was a member of the Hazlehurst Church of God and will sadly be missed by all that knew and loved him.


Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Gail Hughes Thornton of Hazlehurst; daughter, Jody (Stanley) Wilson of Hazlehurst; son, Joseph “Man” Thornton; sisters, Brenda (Randy) Roberson of Baxley, Mary Sharpe of Hazlehurst and Sherry (Jessie) Newell of Hazlehurst; seven grandchildren, Cherish (John) McCall, Jonah (Hope) Wilson, Brody Thornton, Stephanie (Andy) Powell, Tonja (Jason) Hulett, Kathy Wilson, Stanley (Pam) Wilson Jr.; great-grandchildren, Bentley McCall, Bentley Thornton, Macy Jim, Faith Stokesberry, Kimberly Brady, Layla Hulett, Thaniel Hulett, amd Drayden Balcom; and a host of sister-and-brother in laws, nieces and nephews also survive.


Visitation will be held Wednesday evening in the Chapel of Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home from 5:30-7:30pm.


Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 11:00am at Hazlehurst Church of God with Rev. John Nunes and Rev. Nathan Smith officiating.


Honorary pallbearers will be (Googes’) Mrs. Mary Googe, Lamar Googe, David Googe, Ray Googe, (Three Rivers EMS) John Osburn, Melissa Smith, Courtney Nobilio and Davita Dialysis of Baxley.


Active pallbearers will be Jonah Wilson, Kaleb Carter, Thomas Hattaway, Tyler Hughes, Clay Crosby and Corey Googe.


Interment will follow in the Liberty Community Church Cemetery.


The Thornton family and Wainright Parlor Funeral Home respectfully ask all in attendance to continue to follow the social distancing guidelines set by our local health district and the CDC.


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July 28, 2021

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wainright Parlor
3 East Odom Street
Hazlehurst, GA 31539

Funeral Service
July 29, 2021

11:00 AM
Hazlehurst Church of God

July 29, 2021

12:29 PM
Liberty Community Church Cemetery

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